Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak on an issue that is of top importance to Davenport residents, and that is education.
Over the last couple of months there have been rotating strikes in Ontario and this labour dispute is having a negative impact on our children and their education.
Education contracts expired in August 2019, and teachers' unions have not been able to reach an agreement with the Ontario government over their wages and the future of education in our province. Teachers have legitimate concerns about the future of education in terms of class size, online courses and proposed cuts within the system.
Parents are equally concerned about the impact of the strike on their kids, including missed learning days, in addition to the future of education in the province.
I want to encourage the Ontario government and the minister of education to immediately return to the bargaining table to address these issues and to bargain in good faith.
The future of all Ontario students and their education depends on it.